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Open System Science

Mario Tokoro | TEDxTokyo 2009

Dr. Mario Tokoro has long moved adeptly between the worlds of academia and industry. While an associate professor of computer science at Keio University, he founded Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. He made it a world-renowned research facility (and remains its president and CEO). In 1997, he became a corporate SVP at Sony and in 2000 assumed the role of co-CTO. Since 2004, Mario has headed Innovation Strategy Office, which creates mid- and long-term corporate business strategies based on technology. Over the years he has also written several books, including Concurrent Object-Oriented Computing, The Future of Learning, and Creativity and the Brain. Based on his extensive R&D and management experience, Mario is advocating a new scientific methodology called “Open Systems Science.” This paradigm drives beyond reductionism to posit fresh principles and solve problems affecting our health, life and Earth’s ultimate sustainability.